On May 15, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 271, the Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act of 2013, by a voice vote. The bill, introduced by Representative Pete Olson (R-TX), would protect power plants ordered by the Department of Energy to remain open for reliability reasons from environmental lawsuits. The Federal Power Act allows the agency to order continued operations while the Clean Air Act permits citizens to file lawsuits against polluters; this bill attempts to fix the conflict. The bill will be considered on the House floor on Wednesday.